Friday, April 24, 2009

Slow(?) and Steady

Via Andrew Sullivan, here is a chart from showing Americans' view of the direction in which our country is headed, based on surveys conducted from last September through about now, late April 2009. We've got a ways to go yet, but you have to love the trends, and moreover, the consistency of the growth in confidence.

In words, the percentage of people who think the country is on the wrong track has dropped from a high of about 85% (in October 2008) to about 50%. Put another way, the percentage of people who think the country is headed in the right direction is up from a low of about 10% to about 45%.

Mike Allen of Politico, no Democratic cheerleader he (cf.), puts it this way:

Although the outcome of Obama’s ambitious agenda for Congress is unknown, he can count one certain victory: In poll after poll, the number of people who feel the country is going in the right direction has soared since his Inauguration — a much greater increase than recorded by any of his four most recent predecessors.

You want to know who's not helping? Your DNC will be happy to explain it to you, if you've got a minute:

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